Where: Limerick City.
Why: Limerick city lies on the river Shannon and comprises of Georgian architecture, the medieval centre with King Johns Castle and St Mary's Cathedral. The main shopping area lies between Cruises street and O'Connell street. Limerick is renowned for its sporting culture with Thomond Park for rugby, University of Limerick boasts the first 50m swimming pool in Ireland and world class sporting facilities. The Gaelic Grounds on the Ennis Road for gaelic football and hurling.The Crescent shopping centre is also a one stop shop with Zara, H & M, Next. Cinema and cafes.
What: Peoples park, Georgian buildings, No 1 Pery Square and Tait Memorial Clock.
Facilities: I took in this walk from train station down to Brown Thomas on O'Connell street. I passed down by the Tait Memorial Clock. There are a number of cafes, Limerick City Gallery of Art is right on Pery Square. The last time I was in I really enjoyed the gallery. Its right beside the Peoples Park. I passed down by No. 1 Pery Square and the Belltable Arts Centre which is a theatre in the city centre.
Pros: Limerick people vast majority are genuine, down to earth they have a wit of their own and are friendly. The people make the place. Excellent shopping and beautiful architecture but it does pain me to see so many that are not kept well. Limerick women are so fashion savvy too and so I love people watching.
Cons: I did not have enough time to go to all the places I wanted as was meeting friends so there will be another post on some other places in the city. Limerick does have a bit of a bad reputation. Its like every city be streetwise and watch your belongings etc. Don't walk home at night. Be sensible.I will be back in Limerick and I will be doing loads more to showcase as there is more to Limerick then meets the eye.
Pery Square and the Peoples Park: Pery Square was built between 1835-1838. The terrace was named after Edmund Sexton Pery 1st Viscount Pery, a noted politician who was born in Limerick and a trained barrister. The Peoples Park lies opposite Pery Square. Development commenced on the Peoples Park in 1835. The intended plan was to surround the park with housing for the more affluent members of society as Pery Square was intended to be a complete Georgian square with the Georgian terraces enclosing a central park. However, due to the Great Famine in Ireland the Georgian economy began to decline and Pery Square was not completed in this manner. The park was finished in 1877 and was given to the people of Limerick.
Tait Memorial Clock is a freestanding clock tower and lies in Baker Street. It was erected in 1867 and was carved from limestone. It is of gothic design. It commemorated Sir Peter Tait who was mayor of Limerick from 1866 to 1868.Apparently, there are bullet holes in the monument from an ambush between the Irish Republican Army and the black and tans.
The Crescent Limerick: not the shopping centre but the Georgian area whose name is derived from the shape of the terraced buildings on both sides. The Jesuit church can be found in the middle of my picture and Limerick Tutorial College, a fee paying private school lies to the left of it.
Belltable: It was named after Henry Hubert Belltable, a Belgian army officer who founded the Holy Confraternity in Limerick. The facility, which opened in 1981, It contains a theatre.
Accommodation: No 1 Pery Square have stayed twice. Best thing is the staff as they go all out and are very helpful. The beds are massive and very comfortable. Bathrooms are also big in any of the rooms I stayed in. They have classical music playing in the bedroom the last time I arrived which I liked. Breakfast was ace one time got talking to the chef, he made me the best scrambled eggs I've had since my grandmothers. One time I went with my sister we got talking to alot of the staff who were off duty in the bar and had fun. They are a nice bunch of people. The hotel is not very big but that is part of the charm and it means they offer a more personalised service. There is a nice courtyard garden out the back. The thermal suite is free to all who are staying and is a nice treat with steam room, sauna etc. Book ahead if you want to have further treatments as we made mistake of not doing this and it was not possible to get them during the stay.I always find it to be very relaxing when I stay and food it good, This a treat for me. Would love to do afternoon tea here sometime with friends.
For more information:
Tait Memorial Clock
Limerick City of Art : http://gallery.limerick.ie/
No 1 Pery Square: http://oneperysquare.com/
|Belltable Arts Cente|
|The Crescent, Limerick with Daniel O' Connell Monument and Jesuit Church|
|No 1 Pery Square|
|Pery Square Georgian Terrace|
|Entrance to the Peoples Park|
|Tait Memorial Clock and Dominican Church|
|Peoples Park Memorial pillar to Thomas Spring Rice, MP for the city of Limerick from 1820 - 1832|